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WEEKEND RETREAT: Memorial Day Weekend Yoga Retreat (Knoxville, MD)

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Join Dr. Ariele Foster, founder of YogaAnatomyAcademy.com, for three nights/ four days of fun, strength- and mindfullness-based yoga, sprinkled with some guided self-myofascial release. You’ll fill your belly with delicious ample meals, and fill your heart with new friends and laughter. See sacredsourceyoga.com/product/memorial-day-yoga-retreat-2019/ for all details and to register. Please note — this retreat sells […]

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Online Yoga Anatomy Mentorship

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Our signature Online Yoga Anatomy Mentorship is OPEN! To read more or to register, click here. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to receive reminders, and to hear about related webinars: http://eepurl.com/bsvgRn

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WORKSHOP: Spacious Side Body (Richmond, VA)

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Don’t lean in, don’t lean out. Lean to the side. Modern postural yoga and popular asana emphasizes powerful lengtheners for the front and back body. We also dwell in this front/back sagittal plane of movement most of the time in our daily lives. Break out of the mold in a practice designed to decompress, and […]

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Malasana: How to Overcome the Struggle in the Deep Yoga Squat

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Here’s a comprehensive guide to getting more comfortable in Malasana Plus, if you scroll down far enough, 7 Steps to Better Ankle Mobility We at Yoga Anatomy Academy love malasana and are on a mission to make this deep squat more accessible to more humans. The motivation is this: a large chunk of what we […]

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5 Actions to Get Your Foot Up Between Your Hands

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The Instagram is full of fluid movers, yogis who can gracefully place a foot between their hands in slow motion, usually on the way down from a single arm hand balancing feat with a glass of wine between their toes. Not a drop spilled. What is less common: actual instructions in yoga class on how […]

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Sustainable Spine Therapeutics: Stira & Sukha

Join Yoga Anatomy Academy founder and physical therapist, Dr. Ariele Foster, for an experiential anatomy-based yoga therapeutics workshop to re-imagine your relationship with your spine. Enjoy a spectrum of poses, modified for their therapeutic qualities, that shine light into: the 8 movements of the spine, how to assure active (not passive) spinal movement in your […]

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How to Avoid Destroying Your Hips in Yoga

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  Francesca Cervero kindly invited me to be a return guest on her podcast, The Mentor Sessions: Support and Strategy for Yoga Teachers to talk about HIPS, specifically yoga hip injuries. (If you missed the first episode on anatomy-informed yoga, you can listen here). Francesca and I both experienced major hip injuries, as in the […]

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Balancing the Science & the Mystery in Yoga

Teaching anatomy for yoga practitioners is about much more than relaying the nuts and bolts (muscles and bones). In order to understand anatomy in the context of the vastness of yoga, we must understand how yoga, yoga classes, and yoga teaching influence bodies and fit in to a larger conversation about the intersection of yoga […]

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Yoga Anatomy to the People: a Manifesto

In case you haven’t noticed, yoga is undergoing a revolution. This revolution is a natural ricochet from dominant paradigms of physical asana practice that have included: 1) overly prescriptive alignment and/or 2) lack of alignment plus excess repetition, but that 3) in nearly all cases discouraged critical thinking, deviation from your teacher, and incorporating modern […]

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Any Yoga Pose Can Harm, Any Yoga Pose Can Heal

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One of the first principles of teaching anatomically sound asana is this: Any yoga pose can harm; Any yoga pose can heal. For example, Tadasana (Mountain Pose) can reinforce poor postural habits, or it can build strength. Headstand is likely to cause excess pressure on cervical vertebrae, but may also be a skillful way to […]

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